London, Barbican Centre

Spanning three decades, and bringing together over 150 works, this is the first major survey exhibition in the United Kingdom of the work of Tel Aviv-born, London-based Ron Arad. It traces the development of the designer, architect and artist from his early postpunk approach to his technologically advanced sculptural objects made of highly polished metals.

The exhibition features a dramatic installation by Ron Arad Associates using the latest LED display technology, and a ping-pong table. It broadly includes architectural designs, instantly recognizable mass-produced objects from his two decades of collaborating with leading manufacturers such as Alessi, Capellini, Moroso, Notify and Vitra, as well as rarely seen prototypes from different stages of the design process, short films including early footage of Arad at work in the studio, and unfinished prototypes.

Arad’s most celebrated pieces are on display such as the Rover Chair (1981), the Well-Tempered Chair (1986), and Reinventing the Wheel (1996) inspired by a children’s toy. His work defies categorization in an interdisciplinary play of concept and form.


February 18th through May 16th, 2010
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
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